Most people think that torn rotator cuffs need to be treated with surgery. Sometimes rotator cuff surgery is necessary, but in many cases it can be avoided with the help of a physical therapist. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to focus on how physical therapy can help you avoid rotator cuff surgery.
Avoiding Surgery with PT
When you hear “rotator cuff tear” many people assume they will need surgery to correct the tear. However, that’s not always the case. Oftentimes, rotator cuff tears can be treated effectively with physical therapy. In a 2013 study that examined the effectiveness of rotator cuff surgery vs. other treatment options, 75% of patients were able to effectively rehabilitate their torn rotator cuffs without surgery.
When Surgery is Necessary
While physical therapy can help in many cases and should always be considered as an initial treatmen option, surgical intervention cannot be avoided in some cases. When rotator cuff surgery is necessary, a physical therapist can still be a great help during the post-operative recovery process. Using various stretches, exercises, and other modalities, physical therapy can help you reduce pain, rebuild range-of-motion, and recover quicker.
Physical Therapy Help in Minnesota
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our team of experienced Minnesota physical therapists has been treating patients for a variety of conditions and injuries for nearly three decades. With direct access to physical therapy, anyone can make an appointment with us, with or without a prescription. We also have referral relationships with more than 600 local providers who entrust us with the continued care of their patients when needed. Contact us today to set up your appointment with one of our physical rehabilitation specialists. We have two clinics located in Edina and Minneapolis, and we provide treatment to patients throughout the state of Minnesota.